#1
Dear guys, I am very desperate because about a month ago I woke up, picked up the guitar and imediately felt something was wrong. My little finger (or pinky finger) on the left hand doesn't work properly anymore. It's lost strength. It has become slower. The coordination is gone... Can't stretch it properly across the fingerboard.... and it just feels awkward when I play. I have no idea what caused this....I don't know what to do, I'm not sure if there has been any improvement over the last month... thinking about having an X-ray but it's expensive... has anyone experienced this before?
#2
Go see a doctor if it has been a month and no improvements

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#3
Quote by Robbgnarly
Go see a doctor if it has been a month and no improvements

We can help with gear advise, but there is no one qualified here to help with a medical issue


Like I explained above, I was just wondering if perhaps anyone experienced something similar, and could tell me their story. I really wanna see a doc about it but It's pricey
#4
Have you taken any breaks since your pinky became slower? Take some time off from playing and then come back and see how it feels.

If you have taken a break and it still doesn't feel right i'd say get an X-ray or at least see someone about it.
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#5
Quote by NougatOfficial
Have you taken any breaks since your pinky became slower? Take some time off from playing and then come back and see how it feels.

If you have taken a break and it still doesn't feel right i'd say get an X-ray or at least see someone about it.


I took no breaks. Perhaps I should, it's just so hard to stay away from the guitar, and on the other hand I think 'what if playing makes it stronger again'... anyhow, thanks for your advice
#6
Quote by bryank12
Dear guys, I am very desperate because about a month ago I woke up, picked up the guitar and imediately felt something was wrong. My little finger (or pinky finger) on the left hand doesn't work properly anymore. It's lost strength. It has become slower. The coordination is gone... Can't stretch it properly across the fingerboard.... and it just feels awkward when I play. I have no idea what caused this....I don't know what to do, I'm not sure if there has been any improvement over the last month... thinking about having an X-ray but it's expensive... has anyone experienced this before?



Man, I experienced that injury, but not in a single finger. It was my whole damned hand! It got to the point where I could not lift a can of soda without dropping it! It definitely freaked me out. Basically, I either pinched or bruised a nerve (the doctor said it could have been either one), and that I needed to go easy for a little while and allow it to heal. It did, after about three weeks. Those were three rotten weeks, but this, too, did pass. You probably have a similar problem: either you pinched or bruised a nerve, or you overworked one of the ligaments in your finger.

Your hand has 34 muscles (none in the fingers, by the way); 123 ligaments, 29 bones; 29 bone joints; and about 60 major and minor arteries. In other words, there are a lot of things that can go wrong in there. It is a wonder these things do not happen more often. Fortunately, these injuries usually do not signal anything serious. But since you need your hands for just about everything in life, you cannot take chances with them. See a doctor! If it is no big deal, the doctor can alleviate a whole lot of stress in your life right now! And if it is something serious, then the doctor can figure out how to fix it before it gets worse. Do not take chances with your hands. Go see a doctor!

It is probably nothing serious, but why take a chance with the rest of your life?
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Quote by FatalGear41
Man, I experienced that injury, but not in a single finger. It was my whole damned hand! It got to the point where I could not lift a can of soda without dropping it! It definitely freaked me out. Basically, I either pinched or bruised a nerve (the doctor said it could have been either one), and that I needed to go easy for a little while and allow it to heal. It did, after about three weeks. Those were three rotten weeks, but this, too, did pass. You probably have a similar problem: either you pinched or bruised a nerve, or you overworked one of the ligaments in your finger.

Your hand has 34 muscles (none in the fingers, by the way); 123 ligaments, 29 bones; 29 bone joints; and about 60 major and minor arteries. In other words, there are a lot of things that can go wrong in there. It is a wonder these things do not happen more often. Fortunately, these injuries usually do not signal anything serious. But since you need your hands for just about everything in life, you cannot take chances with them. See a doctor! If it is no big deal, the doctor can alleviate a whole lot of stress in your life right now! And if it is something serious, then the doctor can figure out how to fix it before it gets worse. Do not take chances with your hands. Go see a doctor!

It is probably nothing serious, but why take a chance with the rest of your life?


Thanks, that calmed me a bit. Going to see a doc as soon as I can! Thanks again!!
#8
Don’t just go see any doctor. You need to see an orthopedist ASAP. Most GPs will be glad to xray it and give a worthless opinion based on years of experience treating chicken pox and giving physicals, but what you really need is the opinion of a somebody who knows how to treat a screwed up hand.
#9
^True.

Specialists aside, I have talked to doctors about getting scans. I was told X-rays are the cheapest kind of medical imaging you can get. I live in Canada, so I wouldn't be paying for it, but it's only fair to taxpayers for me to look into it.

I can't quote a price, but I was lead to believe the actual X-ray itself is dirt cheap. It can tell you if something is screwed up, but the specialists are the ones who have the training to possibly do something about it. I'd be willing to bet that most of the expense on an X-ray comes from the doctor doing it rather than operating costs. DON'T DO THIS, but it's so easy to do that you can actually build your own X-ray machine in your garage or whatever without spending a fortune.

In order of expense, I believe it is X-ray < CT < MRI. MRI's are booked solid here, and ******edly expensive to operate.
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^True.

Specialists aside, I have talked to doctors about getting scans. I was told X-rays are the cheapest kind of medical imaging you can get. I live in Canada, so I wouldn't be paying for it, but it's only fair to taxpayers for me to look into it.

I can't quote a price, but I was lead to believe the actual X-ray itself is dirt cheap. It can tell you if something is screwed up, but the specialists are the ones who have the training to possibly do something about it. I'd be willing to bet that most of the expense on an X-ray comes from the doctor doing it rather than operating costs. DON'T DO THIS, but it's so easy to do that you can actually build your own X-ray machine in your garage or whatever without spending a fortune.

In order of expense, I believe it is X-ray < CT < MRI. MRI's are booked solid here, and ******edly expensive to operate.


In the USA x-rays are typically covered entirely by insurance. MRIs and CTs can be pretty pricey, tho.
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In the USA x-rays are typically covered entirely by insurance.


Nice!
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